"My conditioning, the physical part is OK," said Brown, who sustained an injured hamstring at the start of training camp. "It was the little puck plays, a couple plays where I mishandled it or didn't make a touch pass I can make nine times out of 10. … I've missed training camp and it shows.
"That's why I wanted to play at least one game, and with three good days to push myself in practice, I'll have skated for seven, eight good days before the first game. My knee's solid, my hamstring feels fine."
Brown was slowed at the end of last season by a knee injury that now requires a brace — something the player who despises even tape on his body is working to find comfort with.
"We're working to get a brace that's more customized," Brown said. "I've got to get used to it. With an injury like this, I've got to protect myself."
Although Brown expects to play in the Kings' opener Thursday at Minnesota — perhaps on a third line with
"If we played tomorrow, he'd be a very rusty player," Sutter said. "It's not who you are or what you did, it's where you are now. This is not Hollywood."
Kings set roster
The Kings got defenseman
The Kings moved young right wing Tyler Toffoli, center Linden Vey and left wing Tanner Pearson to Manchester a day earlier. Sutter said each had pushed veterans to play better in camp and can expect to be back with the Kings this season.
"These kids are all awesome players," Sutter said. "Just 'cause the veteran players are playing … those are the rules, the process. It wasn't like anyone here beat anyone out. They're all coming off good years in the American league and they have things they have to get more work in."
"There's a lot of things you miss about the game of hockey," Mitchell concluded, "but this isn't one of them."
Ducks set roster
Hampus Lindholm, the 19-year-old first-round pick of the Ducks in 2012, made the team's final roster as it prepares for Wednesday's regular-season opener at Colorado.
Lindholm impressed Ducks coaches with his skill and effort, and he scored three exhibition-season goals.
The Ducks moved five players to the minor leagues, including right wing
The team also put left wing and center Richard Rakell on the